All In A (Summer) Day
What better thing to do on a subzero Montana day than look at some images from summer? My motives? Maybe it's just a longing for the warmth, sunshine, green grass of summer. But wait, there's ...... snow in the photos too? Just like in February. Only these were taken in August.
There is an old saying. If you don't like the weather in Montana.....wait five minutes. These photos were taken on the same day, over roughly a twelve hour span. The lesson for all? Be prepared if you venture into the Montana high country, even in summer.
It was crisp, fall-like when I hit the trail in the morning. One thing that I learned long ago, always pack gloves, regardless of the season. The wool mitts felt good and took the chill off of the handles of the hiking poles. They would prove necessary, as would most of the clothing that I'd packed. It would soon be donned in order to stay warm and dry.
This particular day didn't take long to turn gray. The gray soon turned to spit. No big deal. Just a passing squall. Summer, right? By the time I'd begun to pick up elevation between Spanish Creek and Mirror Lake, a few errant flakes were mixed in. From Mirror to Summit Lake it dumped snow.
Later that same day...........
When I hiked out the next day, summer had returned. It was back up to ninety degrees when I pulled off my pack at the trailhead. I'd have given anything for a snowflake.